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Graphic Designer Burkey Belser’s Cancr Leads to Death at 76


Cancer is recognized as the creator of iconic nutrition facts label, Burkey Belser’s cause of death at the age of 76. May he rest in peace.

James Burkey Belser was born July 8, 1947, in Columbia, South Carolina. He took painting and drawing courses at the University of South Carolina when he was eight.

Belser redrew entire issues of The New Yorker cartoons before settling on favorite cartoonists such as Charles Barsotti and William Steig.

Graphic Designer Burkey Belser's Cancer Leads to Death at 76

He was an art minor at Davidson College in North Carolina. Belser spent one-year studying French literature at the University of Montpellier in France.

During the decade following college, he trained himself to be a designer. Belser joined the provocative magazine published by Ralph Ginzburg, Avant Garde, in New York City, eventually becoming its circulation director.

After a year at the magazine, he left to travel from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Upon returning, Belser settled in Washington, D.C., and became the business manager for The Righteous Apple.

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Burkey Belser’s Cause of Death is Bladder Cancer

Burkey Belser’s cause of death was announced after his death at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 25, 2023.

In 1978, Belser launched his own design firm, Burkey Belser Inc. That same year, the artist married lawyer Donna Greenfield. The pair later merged his company with her consulting firm into Greenfield/Belser Ltd.

He began working with law firms shortly after the Bates v. State Bar of Arizona decision allowed lawyers to advertise.

Graphic Designer Burkey Belser's Cancer Leads to Death at 76

His first brochure for a law firm was designed in 1983 for the Virginia firm of McGuire Woods & Battle. The brochure took a Gold Award at the Art Directors Club of Washington, D.C.

The artist expanded the graphical legal vocabulary, creating the very first ads for a law firm, Howrey & Simon, in 1992.

In 1992, Belser was contacted by David Aaron Kessler‘s staff at the FDA to assist with the Nutrition Facts label, due to his prior success designing the EnergyGuide that appears on all major appliances in the U.S.

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